Get lost in Mon­tana Ex­plore the state’s wilder­ness and beauty

Its wilder­ness and sheer beauty will fill your heart and en­liven your senses

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time to dis­cover Mon­tana USA for a wilder­ness won­der­land that will claim your heart. There’s more to ex­plore than most peo­ple dream. Find inspiration in these 10 rea­sons to go – and cre­ate your own Mon­tana mo­ments.

GET INTO BIG SKY COUN­TRY

Mon­tana is the fourth largest state in the US, with one of the small­est pop­u­la­tions, and is like no place on Earth. You’ll dis­cover vast un­spoiled prairies, rugged moun­tain ranges, un­tamed rivers, strik­ing na­ture re­serves, his­tory and scenic drives with no crowds. vis­itmt.com

YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE IT

Glacier Na­tional Park, with more than 400,000 hectares of wilder­ness that’s fully ac­ces­si­ble only in sum­mer, is home to 762 lakes, 1200km of hik­ing trails, awe-in­spir­ing alpine scenery, na­tive wildlife and only 25 re­main­ing glaciers – es­ti­mated to dis­ap­pear by the end of this cen­tury. And you can tra­verse the ‘Crown of the Con­ti­nent’, the wildest part of Mon­tana’s Rocky Moun­tains, on the 80km Go­ing-tothe-sun Road in a vin­tage 1930s Red Bus with the top down.

GO HOME ON THE RANGE

Work­ing, guest and high-end re­sort ranches abound in Mon­tana, of­fer­ing an au­then­tic taste of the cow­boy (and gal) lifestyle, horse rid­ing and a host of other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties against a back­drop of jaw-drop­ping scenery.

DROP OUT AND SLOW DOWN

Step back in time and visit the site of the Bat­tle of Lit­tle Bighorn,

re-trace the foot­steps of Lewis and Clark or fol­low the Di­nosaur Trail. Visit ghost towns, go down a copper mine or head down back­coun­try trails to wild se­cluded places where you can be ut­terly alone.

LOVE THE WIN­TER FUN

Fam­i­lies and thrill-seek­ers can board and ski one of the largest ski ar­eas in the US at Big Sky or revel in the pow­der at White­fish Moun­tain Re­sort. Try zi­plin­ing, sleigh rides or pow­er­ing through win­ter trails on a snow­mo­bile or a dogsled; or sim­ply hun­ker down with a lo­cal craft beer, fine din­ing and a rag­ing log fire. ski­white­fish.com, bigskyre­sort.com

VISIT YEL­LOW­STONE

With three park en­trances in Mon­tana, it’s easy ac­cess to watch Old Faith­ful and other gey­sers erupt amidst the steamy geo­ther­mal fea­tures of this su­per­vol­cano. Walk, hike or camp on the wild side in Amer­ica’s first na­tional park.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Wildlife spot­ters can see grizzly and black bears, wolves, buf­falo, moun­tain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, coy­ote, bald ea­gles and so many more na­tive species up close and in their nat­u­ral habi­tat in and out­side Mon­tana’s won­der­ful na­tional and state parks.

LIVE LIKE A LO­CAL

Soak up au­then­tic western cul­ture in small towns, shop for western wear, dine on lo­cal fare and sam­ple the lo­cal craft brews or distillery tip­ples. Visit a rodeo, state fair or mu­si­cal.

JOIN NA­TIVE AMER­I­CANS

Seven In­dian Na­tions cel­e­brate Mon­tana’s rich Na­tive Amer­i­can her­itage. Stay in (or learn to as­sem­ble) a tipi. Lo­cal guides from Black­feet, Crow or Sal­ish/ Koote­nai tribes will take you on a horse ride, a guided hike or over the Go­ing-to-the Sun Road. Learn their cul­ture, tra­di­tions and sto­ries.

TAKE AN UL­TI­MATE ROAD TRIP

The Beartooth High­way, 110km of scenic won­der be­tween Cooke City (the north-east en­trance to Yel­low­stone) and Red Lodge, is one of the most highly rated scenic drives (by car or bike) in the US. Big Sky to Boze­man along the Gal­latin River Canyon is another must-drive and the river is fa­mous for its fly fish­ing. Choose your ul­ti­mate road trip.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Check vir­gin­aus­tralia.com.au and qan­tas.com for di­rect flights to the US. Amer­i­can Air­lines, United and Delta also have flights to the US from Aus­tralia and on­ward con­nec­tions to Mon­tana.

FIND OUT MORE: vis­itmt.com

Be en­tranced by Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture This is a bucket list ride!

You won't be­lieve the beauty of Glacier Na­tional Park

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